David Rees AM hosts the launch of the second Tenovus Mobile Cancer Support Unit

Launch of the new Tenovus Mobile Cancer Support Unit at the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay

Launch of the new Tenovus Mobile Cancer Support Unit at the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay

On Tuesday 9th October, David Rees AM supported cancer charity Tenovus in launching their new Mobile Cancer Support Unit, the second of two dedicated units providing chemotherapy and lymphoedema treatment, as well as counselling and information services, in communities across Wales. Since 2009, Tenovus have been taking cancer treatments and support out into the community, enabling people to get the care they need without having to travel long distances to hospital. Since it has been in operation, the first unit has travelled over 30,000 miles and has delivered over 10,000 treatments, with the second expected to enable an additional 25 people receive lymphoedema treatment every day, supported by fundraising and contributions from the Welsh Government.

The launch event, attended by many Tenovus supporters and cancer suffers, highlighted the benefits of receiving treatment and support closer to home and showcased the valuable and vital work carried out by the Tenovus team in caring for cancer sufferers across Wales. Given that in some parts of Wales there are no services for the estimated 4000 lymphoedema patients, an incurable condition causing swelling in the body tissue, this particular focus was a very welcome enhancement of the care package provided. The event was further addressed by the Minister for Health and Social Services, Mark Drakeford, and attendees enjoyed the musical talents of the Tenovus Sing with Us Choir.